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First HC in India to Publish Judgements

Published on February 23, 2023

Current Context: The Kerala High Court has become the first High Court in India to publish judgements in a regional language, Malayalam.Justice Shaji P Chaly in January 2023, were made available in Malayalam on the High Court’s website.
First HC in India to Publish Judgements
  • The move is in line with the decision by the Supreme Court to publish judgements in regional languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Odia, and Tamil.
  • The significance of this move is that it can make the judgements more accessible and understandable to the litigants and the public who are not fluent in English.
  • It can also promote linguistic diversity and cultural identity in India.
  • This move was initiated by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud who constituted a committee headed by Justice AS Oka for translation of top court's judgments into regional languages.
  • On Republic Day 2023, over 1000 judgments of the Supreme Court were released in regional languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Odia.
  • This move was appreciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said that it will make justice accessible to all.
  •  It was also lauded by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who said that it will strengthen federalism and democracy.


Q.1 Which High Court became the first in India to publish judgements in a regional language?
a. Delhi High Court
b. Kerala High Court
c. Bombay High Court
d. Madras High Court Answer

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